Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!
For Googlers everywhere, the last two days have been a Les Paul treat!
Have you seen the name of a boat that sunk yesterday?
So, Friday Fun Fact’s question is: What the h-e-double-hockey-stick was the boat owner thinking when he named his skiff Titanic 2?!
Did it dawn on Mark Wilkinson AT ALL that philosophically, this can be considered one of THE monumental self-fulfilling prophecies of all time! I mean, do you name your kid Custer?! Loser?! Bartman?!
Special Note I: Sorry, GregK, it had to be said.
Is this akin to the Dennis Leary comedy routine?
“Poor Lou Gehrig – dies of Lou Gehrig’s disease. How the hell do you not see that coming?”
This goes BEYOND a normal lack of creativity or originality. Mr. Wilkinson would have had a better shot at being witty by calling it Air Force One – after the President’s airplane, or Fido – in fond remembrance of his childhood dog. Instead, he decides to name his boat as the sequel to one of the greatest and well-known maritime disasters in history. Notice I said history; not decade or century. History. I’d love to hear the explanation he gave to his family & friends:
“Well, I thought it would be a good name for a boat.”
There are some things you just don’t do:
- You don’t pass on the right
- You don’t pick your nose, or your friend’s nose, in public
- You don’t tattoo your significant other’s name ANYWHERE on your body
- You don’t date a lady with a dagger tattoo
- You don’t say “bomb” on a plane, or in a crowded place, for that matter
- And, you don’t name your boat after one that sunk… famously
Special Note II: Just so you’re aware, there were two (count ‘em, TWO!) paraphrased movie quotes in the above list! One is easy; the other is a little tougher – without Google!
Now, in true Friday Fun Fact fashion (Special Note III: Please recognize the poetry of the quadruple alliteration! Can you hear our resident researchers furiously typing in another window?!), we turn the tables on our perspective. Maybe, just maybe, we need to take a different approach to this one. As we recall the Friday Fun Fact philosophy of being on the journey in pursuit of existential happiness (Special Note IV: That’s “existential happiness,” RobC!), we know we have the knowledge and ability to look at this self-fulfilling prophesy from a more positive viewpoint.
What if, instead of a self-fulfilling negative prophecy, the owner called this out as an opportunity of dogged self-determination?! What if, in an act of positive thinking, the owner knew in his heart & soul that the only way to overcome the malaise of negativity surrounding the ominous historical references to the Titanic was to give the namesake another chance at survival?! Wouldn’t THAT be something to celebrate as an undeterred level of perseverance for us all? Wouldn’t THAT be an inspiration to us all to get out of bed the next day and try again when we’re down. Would it not be the personification of the great American philosopher, Jon Bon Jovi’s words “You live for the fight when that’s all that you’ve got!”
Well maybe, just maybe, the boat owner was “Livin’ On A Prayer” when he named his pre-destined-to-doom vessel. And maybe he had every intention of reversing history…
Here’s to ya, Mr. Wilkinson. We admire your tenacity…
In related news, I’m thinking of buying a boat myself. I’m going to name it “.S.S. Minnow, Also.”
I’m hoping to invite a Mary Ann or a Ginger along for the maiden voyage…
____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tunes of the Week:
Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912) –Metal Church
The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island– The Wellingtons / The Eligibles
The Impossible – Joe Nichols
Unsinkable ships sink…
This Ship Is Sinking – Therapy
Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
I’m Not Going Down With The Ship – Scatterbrain
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Raise A Persevering Glass!
May Your Friday Be Followed By An Unsinkable Saturday!
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